Dr. Mordean Taylor-Archer is Vice Provost for Diversity at the University of Louisville. She provides leadership and support for diversity planning and programs and works collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff and students to achieve diversity goals. These include increasing the number of underrepresented faculty, staff and students, improving retention and graduation rates, supporting curricula and global activities that help prepare students to live and work in a diverse and global society. The overarching goal is to build an inclusive campus community where everyone is valued and can develop to his/her full potential. The units under her administrative purview include the Cultural Center, International Center, LGBT Center, Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, and the Women’s Center.
Under her leadership UofL has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and The Minority Access Commitment to Diversity Award in 2014 and 2015. In addition, UofL has recently been recognized as one of the most LGBT friendly universities in the South by Campus Pride.
She has received numerous recognitions including the Distinguished Leadership Award from the University of Louisville African American Theatre Program; Distinguished Service Award from the West Louisville Boys’ Choir and Girls’ Choir; and the Barbara Jordan Leadership Award from the Big XII Council on Black Student Government. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Louisville NAACP and on the Board of the Kentucky Business Diversity Network.
She received her PhD in Social Policy from Brandeis University and holds a Master’s in Sociology from the University of Arkansas. She also completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University and the Leadership Louisville program.
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